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Booby Trap 

The Enterprise triggers an ancient yet effective trap left by an extinct race, with a perfectly preserved derelict ship serving as cheese for Picard.


Gabrielle Beaumont


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ron Roman (teleplay by) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Susan Gibney ... Dr. Leah Brahms
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Albert Hall ... Galek Dar
Julie Warner ... Christy Henshaw


The Enterprise encounters a rare antique starship from an extinct culture floating in an asteroid field but becomes trapped by the same energy-draining booby trap that killed the other ship's crew. While running simulations of the Enterprise's engine abilities on the holodeck, Geordi, who has been going through some romantic woes, finds himself unusually taken with a holographic simulacrum of Dr. Leah Brahms, the ship's engine designer. Written by crouchbk

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Susan Gibney, who played Leah Brahms, also played Erika Benteen in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Homefront (1996)/Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Paradise Lost (1996). See more »


In order to escape the booby trap, all power on the Enterprise, except for minimal life support and thrusters, is shut off; yet, during the escape sequence, lights are seen through windows all over the ship. See more »


Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I just don't get it, Guinan. I can field-strip a fusion reactor; I can realign a power transfer tunnel. Why can't I make anything work with a woman like Christy? It's like... I don't know what to do. I don't know what to say.
Guinan: You're doing fine with me.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: You're different.
Guinan: No, *you're* different.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: But I'm not trying now.
Guinan: That's my point.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Good... But Some Issues
5 April 2021 | by soulsearchingSee all my reviews

Started binge watching TNG having not seen it in many many years. Overall a good episode but had questions on some things I may have missed. For instance, when Picard and the others are on board the ship admiring it and the "crew', why didn't they question how the crew could have died with the ship still intact? If they did. I sure missed it. The great question they should've discussed at that moment was how it wasn't compromised with breathable oxygen still available and no damage to the ship in the middle of a debris field? Also, I don't think Data's equipment translated the ships log. Before he had a chance to use it, the message played back with the ships alien captain speaking in plain English for all to clearly understand! How is that possible? Again I could've missed something but just saying...

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28 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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